Original Item: These are genuine British Manufactured Martini-Henry Rifles from our 2003 acquisition of historical firearms from the palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal. None of these rifles is a “Khyber Pass” fake or forgery that currently flood the market today. These are genuine British Made Victorian Issue: the real deal and now offered for the first time in “Untouched Condition” at a fabulous price!
The Martini-Henry is probably the most famous military rifle of the Victorian era, incorporating the early short lever with 33" barrel in the new .45 caliber. This was the first manufactured breechloader to be adopted for general issue by the British Army. Internationally known for its role in the movies "Zulu" and "Zulu Dawn" it should be noted that at the Battle of Isandhlnana in January 1879 where the British lost its entire command of 1300 men, the Zulu's suffered in excess of 2000 casualties. Followed by the memorable action at Rorke's Drift, the Martini Henry Rifle more than any other represents British Colonial rule during the Victorian era.
Each Martini-Henry bears a date from the 1870's (Dates vary 1872-1879, No Choice). British manufactured Bayonet and scabbard available separately.
What does “Untouched Condition” mean? OK, this is exactly what we are offering: Genuine pre-1898 British manufactured Martini-Henry Rifles that have laid undisturbed for well over 100 years in far from perfect storage conditions in the Old Palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal. Our DVD of "TREASURE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT" shows these very weapons as we found them and the story behind them.
What you will get:
• Stock [May have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs, Wood Rot]
• 2 Steel Barrel Bands
• Cleaning Rod
• Butt Plate
What you might not get:
• Screws [Butt Plate, Sling Swivel, etc]
• Sling Swivel
• Sight Leaf/Slide
• Other minor bits…
• Will show rust & pitting
• Will be covered in filth
• May not operate
• May be incomplete
• May have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs.
• May be frozen in grime
• May have cracks and/or rot in wood
However, every British Short Lever Martini-Henry will be 100% genuine! We
We ask you to look closely at the photographs, the example photographed here is a typical gun that could expect to receive, read reviews, both good and bad, and only then place an order understanding what you are likely to receive. We want Educated Aware Customers. If it isn't what you expect, that is fine, return it (before you attempt any restoration) and the full gun purchase price will be refunded to you, however the customer will pay shipping both ways. We can not exchange guns and will not get into an exchange situation, so please do not ask.
We are not trying to sell you an incomplete weapon and then sell you the missing parts. We will do our best to make sure it is complete as possible. One day we will also sell replacement parts, but that is in the distant future.
We are not trying to frustrate you; we are trying to fill a void in the marketplace for genuine but affordable rare and unique antique weapons so that collectors and historians of all backgrounds can enjoy a genuine part of history.
These should be viewed as “project” guns, work on it with your Son or Grandson, clean it up, hang it over your mantle, or don’t clean it, they are impressive anyway you seem them. The price is affordable; the history is priceless.
If you want to shoot it, DON’T! If you still want to shoot it, take it to a licensed GUNSMITH first. These are 100+ year-old guns, be very careful, IMA sells these for display purposes only, they are not intended to be fired. Please buy our products, but do read the reviews and descriptions first. We feel you will agree that the recovery of old weapons from Nepal was a milestone for the collecting fraternity and we hope you enjoy a genuine antique weapon that has never been touched by any other collector than you.
- Shipping Restrictions
This product is not available for shipping in US state(s) New Jersey .
This product is available for international shipping.
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- Legal Information
IMA considers all of our antique guns as non-firing, inoperable and/or inert. Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 921(a)(16) defines antique firearms as all guns made prior to 1899. This law exempts antique firearms from any form of gun control or special engineering because they are not legally considered firearms. No FFL, C&R or any license is required to posses, transport, sell or trade Antique guns. All rifles and muskets sold by IMA that were manufactured prior to 1899 are considered Antiques by the US BATF (United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms). Therefore, all of IMA's Antique guns may be shipped to all US States and most nations around the world.
These antique guns are not sold in “live” condition. They are sold as collector’s items or as “wall hangers”. Any attempt at restoring an antique gun to be operational is strongly discouraged and is done so at the risk of the customer. By purchasing an antique gun from IMA you thereby release IMA, its employees and corporate officers from any and all liability associated with use of our Antique guns.
Pre-1899 Manufacture, no licenses required, allowed to ship to almost any deliverable address across the globe.
- Well worth the price, but expect some woodwork. Review by Mark Volk, Jr.
Price Value Quality
I'm very satisfied with my rifle, but please note that a lot of these do have splits in the wrist area of the buttstock due to corrosion of the stock bolt; the pictures do not lie. Removal of the buttstock can be a bit tricky (again, that corroded bolt) but go slow and use heat. Once you can get that rusted bolt out you can generally seal the splits up pretty easily (often, no wood is missing and they want to go right back together). All said, these are a fantastic opportunity, and I can't recommend them highly enough.
(Posted on 7/8/14)
- I got the one in the picture! Review by Andy C
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Just after ordering a new image appeared on the site - and this had a cracked stock. “I hope I don't get that one” I thought - well I did. This is the 3rd untouched arriving today (with an F and a snider) and I am disappointed with the splits - but on examining them they are not actually that large and fixing them will be quite straight-forward. The only missing part I can see is the lever cup (I can buy an original for about $30 in the UK) so not an issue. A small hole on the side (you can see in the site picture) will be an easy mend. Given my experience with other purchases I am confident this was selected as a good trade-off against others on the pile at the time and so have no complaints. Despite the split, the caveats on the site are very clear and I have, on balance, actually received something better than the basic description - so no complaints. "You pays your money...you takes your chance" as they say over here.
(Posted on 11/28/13)
- Great value for money Review by Baz
Price Value Quality
I bought my first MKII from IMA along with a bayonet, sling, oil bottle and adjusting tool. The condition of the rifle was excellent, just a few minor dents and dinks, ran an oily rag over it , waxed it and it came up a treat. The accessories were in stored condition, but with a bit of TLC,they have cleaned up lovely. I would recommend this rifle to anyone who is thinking of purchasing one, looking at getting a MKIV next!
(Posted on 9/22/13)
- great rifle Review by Pablo 47
Value Quality Price
This is my third untouched Martini rifles. I bought two MK Iv',s and now the MK II . The other two were excellent ! because the MK II was older I thought maybe not so much . I was very wrong this has a shiny bore internal parts have factory bluing. The stock had a crack minor pitting under the barrel next to stock . Cleaned and with stock patch, the gun fires perfect . LOOKS GREAT !!
(Posted on 9/18/13)
- Great to have a piece of history Review by CoffeyCup
Price Value Quality
I received an 1872 model. This is my second untouched rifle from IMA. First one was a Nepal M-H to practice refinishing techniques on. Mine arrived looking like the one in the photo with some gouges in the stocks. I did not want to use any modern wood fillers so used some powdered charcoal rubbed into the fresh gouges to darken and then rubbed candle wax over to blend and smooth. Really pleased with the results. Only the firing pin needed replacing. Once I get it checked out by a local gunsmith I would like to try firing it!
(Posted on 7/2/13)
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